Cold War

Interview: Gorbachev says US was short-sighted on Soviets

By KATE DE PURY and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV As the Soviet Union was breaking up 25 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev expected the United States and its Western allies to provide vital aid. The former Soviet president thinks their failure to offer significant help wasted a chance to build a safer world and resulted from short-sighted gloating …

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Fidel Castro, who defied US for 50 years, dies at 90 in Cuba

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and PETER ORSI Fidel Castro, who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, has died at age 90. With a shaking voice, President Raul Castro said on state television that his older …

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